Failure to Self-discipline
Failure to Self-discipline
Often I see individuals that excel in their area of genre. What makes them stand out over others in their field? Quite simply the answer can be narrowed down to discipline. They excel because they are able to discipline themselves. They are able to put forth the efforts necessary for accomplishing goals they set. Mozart, Bach, Brahms composed great works because the put forth the time and effort to achieve great orchestrations. Steinbeck, Michener and even JK Rollins were able to write great literary works, because they applied themselves to complete the task before them. I also realize that there are some that can accomplish greatness because of their innate abilities. However, even Tiger Woods has to practice golf to remain at his level.
We live in a world where our children, because of the education afforded to them have opportunities that might have appeared unreachable to us. At the same time we have convoluted their thoughts. We have created a generation of youth needing instant gratification with out the discipline to do the work necessary to achieve their wants and desires.
When I was a child of six, I had to try out for baseball, football and track. Although t-ball was a no-brainier and every child was accepted, Baseball was a completely different story. I worked hard to develop some semblance of skill so I could try-out for little league. Later I suffered the disappointment of not making the cut for pony league baseball. I was never fast enough for a linebacker or receiver in football, and not big enough for a tackle. I missed the cut for track in the sprints and hurdles, but I found my niche in cross country. I tried out for band and was told I had to play clarinet. I gave it an effort but it was not my forte so the effort was half hearted, and I was told in front of the whole band, I would never be good enough to play. The embarrassment stung and I remember it well.
What of our children in today’s world? there are no tryouts, because every child makes it, therefore no disappointments. True, there are some that push themselves to accomplish much and we see this in accolades awarded to them in graduation ceremonies. If we look into statistics, we have larger numbers of students receiving scholarships for academic, artistic and athletic accomplishments, than during any time before. One might say this is because our children are smarter and we have a better education system. We might also point out the information highway and the impact of the internet. But it all still comes down to the basics no matter which way you look at it, discipline.
More than ever, our children will have to push themselves to accomplish their goals. Because now more than ever, the aptitude level required for the work force is higher. With that understanding, so are the minimum requirements to obtain those positions. Recently, during a graduation ceremony, a principal speaking to the graduates told them they were smarter than any of the previous classes that graduated. Then he went on to say, not one of them should accept a position at minimum wages. Great, now we have a whole class of inexperienced and unskilled laborers looking for the pay their parents earn after twenty plus years in the working community. Consequently we have taught them that they should expect a higher status with out learning the discipline that is required to obtain it.
Because of the mindset we have helped to establish, our children are told they can buy a new home with no prior credit history. They can purchase a new car with very little down. They can obtain a credit card regardless of their prior credit history. We are teaching them to spend with no understanding of the ramifications that are lurking in the shadows; ready to strip them of everything they've accomplished. All because of one basic thing: Discipline.
They haven’t learned the discipline of even using and maintaining a checking account. But we see scores of them starting families and failing because they have never learned to prepare the soil before planting their future. We have given them the right to vote with only a vague understanding of how our government works and why. We have allowed our society to become one of political correctness, at a cost of morality and consequence. All boiling down to one thing only; Discipline.
We are our future incarnate. If we expect our children to take the reigns then we have to impart a better understanding of the world in which we live. We need to re-instill the values and principles that they can use for their foundations. We have the ability to change the direction this world is traveling towards. With us we have biblical truths handed down over the centuries, the truths that will produce better individuals and citizens. But society has decided that to enjoy a lifestyle in-congruent with those truths, we must forgo the old ways and accept an alternative way of life separate from Gods teachings, all because we as a society, lack the discipline to keep and maintain the basic laws afforded us.
We live in a world where the moral majority is neither. We allow people to dictate the directions we will go and then sit back and ask “How did we get here?” The question remains, do we have the discipline required to make the right decisions or will we let society dictate our fate?